American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, 56, is perhaps one of a few producers who’s credited with having written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits in his career. In recognition of his contribution to Soul music, the musician was honoured at the recent 2015 Soul Train Awards. Babyface has written songs for many artistes including Madonna (Take A Bow), Boyz II Men (I’ll Make Love You), Toni Braxton (Breathe Again) and Mary J. Blige (Not Gon Cry).
The singer, who received his first Soul Train Award 25 years ago, was this time awarded with the Soul Train Legend Award. In a pre-interview to the award, the R&B singer and record producer said he felt a sense of fulfilment whenever he watched artistes he’d written songs for performing. “When they sing in front of audiences and everybody is singing along that’s the time that I’m most touched,” he disclosed. Asked what inspired him to write music, Babyface responded: “I try to make music feel good; whether you want to feel sad or happy it’s go to feel good.”
Talking about how he felt concerning his elevation to the status of a legend the singer joked that the word made him feel a bit old, but quickly added: “You can hide from trying to feel old but when you have someone come to you and say my grandmother grew up on you, then you just got to own it…however old I am I’m good…I’m happy to be here,” he reflected.